The NBA Makes Its Africa Debut

A closer look at the players representing Africa at the NBA’s first ever game on the continent.


Al-Farouq Aminu (Nigeria)

Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images

Al-Farouq Aminu is a ferocious dunker and blocks with the same explosiveness. It would be unreasonable to doubt his hustle. The Nigerian forward can play with confidence from anywhere on the floor— at 6’9” that makes him a threat. Aminu has incredible vision when running the fastbreak, oftentimes finding holes in the defense before they open. Expect some of the game’s most memorable plays to come from him.

Best Play: Aminu makes the Rockets look silly with a steal on one end and an emphatic slam on the other.

HT: 6'9"

WT: 215 lbs.

DOB: 9-21-90, Atlanta, Georgia.

Background: Nigerian parents, plays for Nigeria in international competition.

Position: Forward

College: Wake Forest University

Drafted: Los Angeles Clippers, 2010 (8th overall pick)

Current Team: Portland Trailblazers

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